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This walking safari trip to Ngorongoro Crater will leave you speechless. It takes you to one of the largest volcanic calderas on Earth, which is also home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in the world. The walking safari in Ol Doinyo Lengai will expose you to a beautiful crater that exists in the Ngorongoro Highlands and it's only a half-day drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater but seldom visited.
During this seven days' safari, you will be accommodated for six nights' in several campsites including campsite in Nainokanoka or Nayobi Village, Empakaai Camp, Acacia Campsite, and Kamakia Campsite.
This walking safari involves local people where they organize and run small tourism projects where the income is being used for community projects which are well developed in the Arusha Region.
During this safari, you will be camping on the crater rims' as the view of Lengai and the Rift Valley makes great photos opportunity. Camping and hiking into the crater are done with an armed ranger. You will pass through numerous Maasai villages and small herds of gazelle, wildebeest, and dark-toned zebra in a setting. It’s been said that it resembles the Scottish Highlands.
Today, you'll visit the largest intact volcanic crater in the world, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. At more than 2,000 feet deep and 12 miles in diameter, the Ngorongoro Crater has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa where 30,000 animals make their home in this crater, making it an ideal place for sightings of the Big Five, lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and leopard. You'll enjoy your picnic lunch in this truly world-class attraction, also known as the ’Eighth Wonder of the World’, your dinner and overnight will be at Nainokanoka or Nayobi / Bullati Village.
After breakfast, you'll depart to another seldom visited crater Olmoti Crater for a half day walk. There is a very pleasant hike from the Nainokanoka ranger post through the forest up to the top of the waterfall, which passes through this crater. You'll often meet Maasai people on the way to the waterfall at the crater. In the afternoon, you'll proceed to your base camp at Empakaai Crater, experiencing the serenity and quiet beauty of this wild spot. Surrounding the lake you will reach springs, where you will frequently see lots of wildlife. In the lake, there are many flamingoes. Your dinner and overnight will be at Empakaai Special Campsite (full board).
Today, you'll start walking from Empakaai to Lake Natron. You'll descend the outer hills of the Great Rift Valley; you'll walk through the open plains of the Embulbul depression, passing through Nayobi Village. You'll also have the great opportunity to meet the local Maasai people. Ol Doinyo Lengai and Mount Meru will be seen along the way. Donkeys will carry your luggage. Your dinner and overnight will be at Acacia Campsite (full board).
Today, you'll walk to Ol Doinyo Lengai, the single active volcano mountain in Tanzania (the holy mountain of the Maasai people). The trail will lead you down into the Rift Valley escarpment, and most of the parts are quite steep. After five - six hours of walking, you'll reach the foot of the inspiring mountain. Your dinner and overnight will be at Kamakia Campsite.
Today, you’ll experience the culture and traditions of the local Maasai people at Lake Natron and later in the afternoon, you will also visit Lake Natron and after that, your local guide will show you the Maasai boma and explain the way Maasai people live. You will continue to visit the Maasai boma and see the lifestyle of this legendary tribe up-close.
Along with a guided tour of the boma and an introduction to the local Maasai population, tribesmen will offer to paint traditional Maasai tattoos for visitors and even let you milk their prized cows. Your dinner and overnight will be at Kamakia Campsite in Lake Natron.
Today, you will visit the waterfall and after that, you will start the journey to travel back to Arusha, Tanzania.
During this safari, you will visit the local Maasai tribe at Lake Natron.
This safari will take you to several places in Tanzania, including Ngorongoro Crater, Olmoti Crater, Empakaai Crater, Lake Natron, and Ol Doinyo Lengai.
This caldera is six kilometers wide with nearly half of its floor occupied by the lake, and its slopes covered by a thick forest. The scenery is spectacular from every point along the rim; from the northern and eastern side you can look out to the dramatic volcano of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the Great Rift Valley, and Lake Natron; from the south and west, you can see across the Bulbul Depression. Sometimes you can even see the distant snows of Mount Kilimanjaro far to the northeast.